Salvador Dali was born in 1904 to a middle class family in Figueras, Spain. His style of painting was known as surrealistic and made him one of the most famous and unusual artists of the twentieth century. His paintings can be hard to understand because they where scenes that came from his dreams, filled with strange and mysterious objects that had been changed from a realistic form into a dream like form.

Dali was very confused as growing up and felt different from other kids and needed a lot of attention. He had strange dreams and fears and since he liked art, he used art to express his dreams and wonderful imagination. He often showed through art that things are not always what they seem to appear like.

As a teenager, Dali went to Madrid, Spain to study at the Academy of Fine Arts but soon got bored of their way of painting and wanted to create a new way of art as the French did at that time, although he did admire the art Pablo Picasso, another Spanish artist, that had invented Cubism. Dali pursued his personal interest in Cubism and Futurism and in 1923 he was expelled from the academy for indiscipline. He decided to go to Paris where he met group of Surrealist artist that mostly painted what they remembered from their dreams, or anything that came into their minds, hopping that their art would awake people to feelings they never knew they had.

Even as a grown up, Dali still wanted a lot of attention and did things like wearing a deep-sea diving suit while giving a speech
on art or saying that his moustache was an antenna on which he received messages from outer space.

Dali was painting pictures filled with his own dreamlike objects when he met Gala and fell in love with her. Dali thought Gala was a beautiful woman so he used her as a model for many of his paintings and eventually married her.

On 1989 Dali passed away at the age of eighty-five years old. He is best known for his paintings, but he did many other things such as his own films, sculptures, screenplays, designed clothes and fancy perfume bottles, ads for magazines and he worked with famous movie makers such as Walt Disney. 
 

NATURE MORTE VIVANTE (STILL LIFE-FAST MOVING) – This was Dali’s sixth painting in 1956 and it’s a decomposition of a fruit dish. He took a traditional Dutch still life painting from 1617 called Table with Food by Von Schooten and made it into a new modern painting to show that the world has changed as a result of new scientific discoveries. 


Dali's painting up close is almost like a photograph, because he usually worked with tiny brushes to make his brush marks as invisible as possible. 

In Dali’s version of the painting the objects have separated from the table and are breaking away in a spiral, twisting, floating way into the air to show that all objects are made of atomic particles in constant motion, suggesting a cosmic order in the universe.

Dalí felt that the spiral was the basic form of life, an idea that was confirmed when Crick and Watson discovered the spiral structure of the DNA molecule in 1953. 


 

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